Team Tweed will be dusting off their vintage velocipedes in preparation of their annual scenic bicycle ride, which will be taking place on the 17th of May, starting at an iconic London courtyard location with a ride that will wind through London’s loved landmarks, parading ones bicycle and tweed in all it’s glory.
Entry requirements of The Tweed run is to believe in the moto of to “Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.” Henry David Thoreau. And the term “overdressed” does not exist in one’s vocabulary. Lycra can be put aside for this sporting event, as tweed is the clothing choice of these sportsmen.
An essential intervene for afternoon Tea, sets the scene of the leisurely day that is due to unfold. There will be plenty of wicker baskets to shrine their handlebars, as an afternoon picnic break is inevitable. Sandwiches, Scones and Tartan blankets are essentials. The event is drawn to a close over a celebratory glass of bubbly and a jolly jaunt for all to be held in a Clerkenwell locale.
There are prizes up for grabs for The Best Dressed Man and The Best Dressed Woman. The Best Vintage Bicycle and for not so classic collectables, there’s even The Best Dressed Bicycle. Not forgetting The Best Moustache award.
Time to perfect your tandem and cycling attire.
Furthermore in intrigue of this rather unconventional sporting event we asked founder Ted Young-Ing to share his insight on The Tweed Run’s concept and our need to know pre race questions:
1 – How did Tweed Run start?
It was originally meant as a fun day out and a way to wear some tweed plus fours that I’d purchased whilst on vacation in Glasgow. But it seems to have randomly hit on the current cultural zeitgeist — and obviously, it’s a lot of fun — so it’s ballooned into a bit of a cultural phenomena. We’re very pleased to see our little baby grow!
2 – Can you share any address book secrets on sourcing the best tweeds in London?
Id be remiss if I didn’t mention cording’s, our sponsor. Huntsman is my own tailor on Savile Row.
3 – Tweed, should it be second hand or brand new?
It should be either. as long as it was woven in the UK.
4 – What happens on the Tweed Run and who takes part?
It’s a rather fun day out for everyone involved!
5 – How do we take part in the next London Tweed Run on 17th May?
Our event has now sold out but do keep an eye out for competitions giving away pairs of tickets!